Breaking up is hard to do

EAPs offer a variety of options to help employees cope during divorce
By Judith Plotkin
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/16/2011

In Canada, about four in 10 first marriages will end in divorce. That rate is even higher in the United States where 44 per cent of first marriages wind up in divorce court, according to a 2009 report by the Vanier Family Institute.

Living through divorce is among the most traumatic events a person can experience. Some have described it as being as devastating as the death of a loved one — divorce can turn a person’s world upside down. For some, divorce means the end of a bad situation and is cause for relief; for others, the loneliness and anger of this transition can be overwhelming.